Mat North ready to host YES Games

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - To­bias Man­doreba in Hwange

MATA­BELE­LAND North prov­ince has de­clared its readi­ness to host the Youth Ed­u­ca­tion through Sport (YES) Games from De­cem­ber 9-13 in Hwange.

The prov­ince will also host the Na­tional Youths Games in Au­gust 2017.

Lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee ( LOC) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Burzil Dube said: “All the sys­tems are now ac­ti­vated as we pre­pare to re­ceive vis­i­tors from the coun­try’s prov­inces next month. The en­tire com­mit­tee is click­ing as we con­tinue with prepa­ra­tions. To­day we toured venues for the games, namely Coal­fields, Thomas Coul­ter, Lwen­dulu and Megawatt pri­mary schools and Lwen­dulu Old ground. I am happy with the in­fra­struc­ture, which is be­ing con­tin­u­ally spruced up for the event. We also vis­ited Hwange High School, the Com­mand Cen­tre, and again the fa­cil­ity is top notch, in­clud­ing its IT net­work, which will make life eas­ier for ev­ery­one.” The games will be launched by the Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema in about a week’s time. The games bud­get stands at $100 000, with the rev­enue base hinged on af­fil­i­a­tion fees to be paid by each prov­ince. They also ex­pect a Gov­ern­ment grant, while other fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives are in full swing. Mata­bele­land North sports and re­cre­ation de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer New­man Ma­suku tipped the host prov­ince to win the games, whose com­peti­tors will all be un­der the age of 15 years. “As a prov­ince we are us­ing a num­ber of tried and tested hands, which have hosted games of such mag­ni­tude in pre­vi­ous edi­tions and we are con­fi­dent of sur­pass­ing the stan­dards set by Mashona­land West last year. I also have faith in our Team Mata­bele­land North gen­eral man­ager Ron­ald Sibanda from Mosi High School, who is a pas­sion­ate, sea­soned, re­source­ful and ex­pe­ri­enced leader, who will make our prov­ince hard to beat,” said Ma­suku. This year’s YES Games run un­der the theme “Un­eth­i­cal prac­tices, a bar­rier to youth de­vel­op­ment through sport”. — @to­by­man­dox

Burzil Dube

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